Microsoft Office Accessibility Training Sessions for the Australian Government

Microsoft will be running two training sessions in Canberra on optimising the accessibility of Microsoft Office documents. These sessions will primarily focus on Word, however PowerPoint and Excel will also be covered. The sessions have been designed specifically for Australian Public Service (APS) personnel in partnership with AGIMO. As government agencies are obliged to make…


The Big Picture Experience

Microsoft will host its inaugural The Big Picture Experience Event at the Melbourne and Sydney Convention Centre’s at which all technology enthusiasts, from large to small businesses, can explore what is possible with technology today. This large-scale event allows partners and customers to experience first-hand six powerful scenarios in the business and the home. Microsoft…


Improving Queensland government service delivery

Better connecting citizens to government was the main focus when Simon Finn, Queensland Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology led a delegation of Queensland MP’s to Microsoft’s Sydney office this month. The delegation included Barbara Stone MP (Springwood); Christine Smith MP (Burleigh); Desley Scott MP (Woodridge); Grace Grace MP (Brisbane…


Cyber safety online survey for young Australians

The Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety is conducting an online survey of Australian youth aged 5-18 years to gain insight into their experiences online. Microsoft Australia supports the survey to ensure the Committee is able to attain important information to the online habits of young Australians. The Committee’s online survey will be conducted until Wednesday…


Microsoft Welcomes Federal Commitment to Value for Money Procurement

The release (on January 27) by the Federal Special Minister of State, the Honourable Gary Gray, MP of a revised Federal Government policy on open source software has been welcomed by Microsoft Australia. Approved by the Minister and the Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board in December the policy’s requirement to consider open source software in all software procurements…


Microsoft response to AGIMO Cloud Computing Consultation Paper

Early in January the Federal Government released a Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper – Opportunities and applicability for use by the Australian Government. Microsoft has provided a response to the Draft Consultation Paper which can be found here and a copy of the submission is attached below. The Introduction to the Response from Microsoft reads as…


Queensland companies showcase Microsoft Surface

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3tPd1NXE-o&feature=related] Microsoft Gold Partners have developed Surface applications to benefit the Queensland Government and improve Government to citizen interactions. Spotlight 2010: Microsoft Surface is a competition for local Microsoft Gold Partners to develop the best solution that takes advantage of the innovative Surface platform. Microsoft Surface uses a combination of software and hardware to present…


Microsoft backs Gov 2.0 with $1 million

In June 2009 when the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Government 2.0 Taskforce, Microsoft agreed to make available up to $2.45 million for a Project Fund, to fund projects connected with the Taskforce’s work. This funding was provided under an Operational Agreement between Microsoft and the Commonwealth. That support funded 18 commissioned projects, two…

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Driving down software piracy – why should governments care?

Guest blog from Business Software Alliance Australia has one of the world’s most comprehensive legislative regimes for the protection of intellectual property, including software.  Now it’s time for Australian governments to focus on enforcement.  The latest report on the state of global software piracy demonstrates that concerted efforts by government working hand-in-hand with industry groups…


Perfect Storm for Health ICT

With the capabilities of health ICT high on the political agenda as an integral part of the health reform process, Microsoft Australia is bringing its global expertise to the table. In an article originally published in the January 2010 issue of Hospital & Agedcare Magazine, Kate McDonald spoke to Microsoft Health’s Michael Gration about the…

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